Graduate recruitment

Summer interns

We offer up to 10 summer positions each year to economics, banking or finance students who usually have one or two years of an Honours or Masters degree left to complete following their internship

Applications for 2017-2018 summer internships are now closed.

 Please note summer positions are only open to students studying at a New Zealand university.

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be majoring in economics, finance, banking, law and/or mathematics. Subjects that are useful to take include macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance, applied econometrics, law and/or mathematics subjects like QUAN (mathematics for economics and finance). 

You will be curious, analytical, a critical thinker and a team player. Strong written and verbal communication skills mean you know how to present your work clearly and concisely. Our graduates are diverse in their backgrounds and interests. This makes for a dynamic team that has plenty of fun.

What to expect

As a summer intern, you’ll work at the Bank over the summer holidays from around mid November until mid February. You will work in one of the following departments during your internship:

Economics Department

If you’re assigned to our Economics Department, you’ll be assisting with analysis and research related to the department’s main functions, including advice on the framework for monetary policy.

Find out more about working in Economics.

Financial Markets Department

If the Financial Markets Department is more your thing, you’ll be working in an area where the Bank's business in the financial markets is conducted.

Find out more about working in Financial Markets.

Prudential Supervision Department

If you're interning in the Prudential Supervision Department, you’ll be involved in monitoring the “health” of New Zealand financial institutions, as well as the country’s financial system.

Find out more about Prudential Supervision Department.

Macro Financial Department

If you’re working in the Macro Financial Department, you’ll be involved in the implementation of macro-prudential policy, as well as assessing the efficiency of New Zealand’s financial system.

Find out more about working in Macro Financial Department.

Our latest summer interns

Find out what our past summer interns worked on during their internships at the Reserve Bank and why they would recommend applying for an internship with us:

Our latest summer interns
Caleb Coffey
Finn Robinson
Prudential Supervision Department
Gregorious Steven
Financial Markets Department
Matthew Brunton
Macro Financial Department
Michael Williams
Tom Bird
Prudential Supervision Department

University visits and the selection process

We’re not your typical central bank; therefore we don’t take a typical approach to recruitment. Instead of the usual campus presentations, we visit universities in March to have an informal chat over coffee.  Don’t be afraid to pick our brains about what it’s like to work at the Reserve Bank or ask any other questions you have.

Following the application closing date, we interview the shortlisted applicants on campus. These interviews usually take place in late March.

Campus Visits Timetable

Our campus recruitment team consists of recent graduates. They visit Auckland University, Waikato University, Victoria University, Canterbury University and Otago University in early March each year. Massey Albany students are invited to attend the campus visit at Auckland University and Lincoln students are invited to attend the campus visit at Canterbury University.


Coffee Visit Date

Campus Interviews

Auckland University
(and Massey Albany)

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Thursday 30 March 2017

Waikato University

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Friday 31 March 2017

Victoria University

Friday 10 March 2017

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Canterbury University
(and Lincoln)

Thursday 9 March 2017

Monday 27 March 2017

Otago University

Monday 6 March 2017

Tuesday 28 March 2017


Applications for the 2017 Summer Internship Recruitment round are now closed.

For further information please contact
Nikki Chalmers
Human Resources Advisor
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
 +64 4 471 3680